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Winter 2010

posted 23 Jul 2011, 10:12 by Stephen Taylor   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 15:54 ]
by Frank Harding 

When I drafted the report of the Town Committee for the last issue of the Newsletter in August, I said that I was “particularly aware of the hot summer days we have been enjoying”. Four months and one issue later I am reminded of the old adage that we have in this country a great climate – it is the weather that is the problem – as I sit warm and comfortable indoors with the snow on the Heath and in the village, the airports closed and traffic moving slowly over the icy roads.

The committee has been closely monitoring Camden’s reactions to the early winter freeze and has thus far been reasonably impressed with the efforts made to keep the main roads and bus routes clear and many of the side roads gritted from time to time. It would certainly appear that there is an improvement on the position last winter.

This has been a relatively quiet time for the committee although much preparatory and planning work has gone on and continues behind the scenes. I am sure that some of our plans will see the light of day during 2011.

Victorian water mains and traffic in Hampstead 
The road closures and diversions of the spring and summer to enable the Victorian water mains to be replaced were originally scheduled to last until November; in the event the work was finished some six weeks ahead of schedule – much to the relief of local residents and traders. Our thanks go to the officers of Camden and the works teams for having achieved this target.

Walks – a new initiative… 
Whilst we still intend to develop a series of walks in and around Hampstead passing by those buildings on which Hampstead, English Heritage and other plaques have been placed, they will take place later in the year. 

…beginning with two River Walks 
In the meantime we are kicking off this series of walks with a two-part walk along the route taken by the River Fleet from its source in Hampstead to the point where it joins the River Thames in the City. 

These walks will be lead by Robin Michaelson, a qualified and experienced City of London guide, and will take place on May 14 and 22. The first will start at 10.30am at the War Memorial at Whitestone Pond and finish at St Dominics’s Priory Church, Southampton Street, NW5 (corner of Fleet Road) at approximately 12.30pm.

The second will start at the Black Friar public house, 174 Queen Victoria Street, near Blackfriars Station, at 11am and finish at approximately 1pm at St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road. The reversal of what might have been the expected route is due to the timing of the tides on the Thames. The price will be £5 per participant for each walk. Please contact me at frankaharding@btinternet.com or on 020 7435 3728 to reserve places on the walk – numbers will be limited to 25 for each walk.

Whitestone Pond in its full glory 
I previously reported that the work on and around the Pond was substantially complete. It can now be seen in its full glory – and the restoration is indeed glorious. There was a formal relaunch early in October by the Mayor of Camden with thanks and compliments being showered on the City of London and Camden teams, English Heritage and Transport for London for their support and the Heath and Hampstead Society in general and Juliette Sonabend in particular for their inspiration and involvement throughout the process. 
We have since received numerous letters and emails expresing pleasure and thanks for the great improvement to the area. The pictures on this page give some idea of the event.

In conclusion, may I on behalf of all members of the Town Committee wish all our members and readers a very Happy New Year.